Our camper (or Joey to us) managed a very long drive today all the way down to Milford Sound.
We left Queenstown at around 9.30am, grabbed some breakfast from Fergbakers and headed off for a long day of driving. Elliot did the first drive down to Te Anau which was around two hours long and absolutely stunning! We stopped off in Te Anau to fill up with petrol and do another big food shop as we had officially run out! So with Joey full of petrol, the fridge full of food and the drivers full of chocolate we headed on to Milford Sound. By the way, the chocolate we have had this trip has been amazing, you have to try Cadbury Dairy Milk Top Deck, it is to die for!
Anyway, back to the journey…I drove the rest of the way to Milford Sound and we had a few beautiful stops along the way. Our first stop was at the Mirror lakes which are small mountain lakes that provide the most outstanding reflective views of the Earl Mountains. They were seriously incredible and a must see if you ever come to this part of the world! There was even an upside down sign saying “Mirror Lakes” so that when you look in the lake you can see it the right way up, so cool…I’ll put lots of pictures up of them at the bottom!
About 30km later we got to Lake Marian which was our second stop of the day. We went on a short 20 minute walk starting off with a swing bridge which took us to a series of amazing waterfalls and rapids, they were truly spectacular…unfortunately we didn’t have time to do the full 3 hour walk to the lake.
The Chasm was our third and final stop. We did not only see some incredible and extremely powerful waterfalls but we also saw a Kea which we got very close up to. Unfortunately someone from a tour bus had dropped their chewing gum which the Kea had picked up and got it stuck in its beak. Elliot and I both didn’t want to leave unless somehow we had managed to get the chewing gum out of its mouth, which luckily it eventually did. As soon as it dropped it we clapped and shouted so the Kea would fly off and we put the gum in our bin in the camper…not going to lie, we felt like proper life savers!
The rest of the drive to Milford Sound was just gorgeous, such a lovely sunny day and the views were unbeatable! We also went through the most incredible tunnel which then opened up to, again, stunning views!
After lots of tight turns and steep hills we managed to get to our campsite in one piece, although Joey did smell rather awful as his tires had been given quite a workout!
After finding the campsite, we went down to the shore to see the famous view of Milford Sound which wasn’t as clear as we had hoped due to the cloud coming in, but it was still pretty awesome!
We had such a lovely evening (as always), I cooked beef stir fry, couscous and broccoli which was actually not too bad…if I do say so myself!
So a lot of driving today, but we both agree that we have never been so happy to sit in a car for so long. Good music, great company and breathtaking views…it doesn’t get much better really!
Bye for now